Pet Health: Are lasers a thing of the future?

Can laser treatment work on pets, asks vet Darren Storey
Can laser treatment work on pets, asks vet Darren Storey

Vet Darren Storey brings you the latest news from Northlands Veterinary Hospital.

A year ago I used to think laser therapy wasn’t any good; that it claimed to help but was “all in the mind or circumstantial!”

Oh, how wrong I was, and I am not ashamed to admit it.

This form of treatment has helped many animals in my care and now, being a convert, I fully support its use.

Coupled with this, after reading many peer-reviewed studies (in both veterinary and human laser therapy) its efficacy is supported by statistics.

Although, like any medical therapy, it may not work for all animals; you need to discuss this with your vet.

So, what is laser therapy?

Laser therapy, or “photobimodulation,” is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects.

These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling.

It can help with many things, but a small list includes:

Osteoarthritis and joint pain

Sprains and strains


Spinal pain

Post-surgical pain

Chronic wounds

How does it work?

The laser we use at Northlands was originally developed in the USA and commissioned (and supported) in the UK for veterinary use.

A very good education video can be found here that explains the basics of how the therapy works.

Are you interested?

Laser therapy is used at many veterinary surgeries across the UK, not just at Northlands.

Whether a client of ours or not we are happy to provide more information about this therapy to allow you to make informed decisions if you wish to explore this with your pet.

Please call us on 01536 485543 to speak to one of our clinical staff.